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I was lucky enough to spend Christmas and New Years in Copper Mountain, Colorado, with my family, my cousins and their two sons - thoroughly enjoyed myself. Copper Mountain is really rather high, which was something I was unaware of when I first arrived. The top of the mountain is 3,366m high (roughly 12,000")!

It was a pretty desolate place at the top of the mountain - very barren, rocky with not much other than ourselves there. There was also plenty of wind so it was never fun staying stationary for too long! This is a black and white conversion of the top of the mountain. As you can see there really isn't much about.

Canon 7D, EF 50mm f1.8 II; 50mm, f10, 1/800, ISO 100

I'm slightly unsure on the composition - I have another one taken further to the right.

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:50mm f/1.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:The Desolate Top
Username:benlee benlee
Uploaded:16 Jan 2011 - 1:10 PM
Tags:Black & white, Copper mountain, Landscape / travel, Rocks, Snow, Very high, Wildlife / nature, Winter
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achieverswales
16 Jan 2011 - 1:36 PM

Tried to do a mod in Photoshop but unknown profile so could not use any functions so unable to do Mod, When you photograph snow the meter underexposes so have to compensate by at least one stop.

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zebraboy
zebraboy  9197 forum posts United Kingdom
16 Jan 2011 - 1:46 PM

Nice shot, I think this has worked out very well. M

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Grampy
Grampy  4507 forum posts England71 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2011 - 3:01 PM

Nice shot I like the dark look but it's a shame you have cut through the post. I too have a problem with doing a mod for some reason . it says the ICC is incorect maybe someone can tell us why we are getting that;
All the best
Phill

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FaceFirst
FaceFirst  7 England
16 Jan 2011 - 3:37 PM

I think you have captured the mood of the place very well. I hope you dont think me rude but although I love this shot I think it just lacks a little something. Weather it is the missing part of the post on the left, or maybe the posts should be on more of an angle to draw your eye into the picture. Unfortunately I'm not good enough to know what it is. Still I think you have done well to make an interesting shot out of ... well nothing.
well done

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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2011 - 3:52 PM

This is well done. but for me lacks a specific subject - a semi-silhouetted figure on the path or something to act as a focal point. Technically all is well and, as it stands, this is well done.

Paul

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blondspice
16 Jan 2011 - 4:40 PM

Quite and adventure, and ambitious undertaking to get to the top, especially if you are not a hiker. Very nice mono shot. It would be nice to have a siluet of a figure so we can relate better to scale and add interest. Great story thanks for sharing. You get my vote.
Krystal

Last Modified By blondspice at 16 Jan 2011 - 4:41 PM

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jefc1111  31 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2011 - 5:45 PM

Hi, a lovely shot, in my opinion. I personally don't consider that having a specific subject (ie person etc...) is necessarily necessary(!) The picture is the subject.

Have done a mod, but looking at it now, even though I've fixed the severed pole, there still isn't enough space at the top. There is probably a way of fabricating it in Photoshop. Cheers.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2011 - 6:05 PM

Paint Shop Pro edits this just fine so I've saved posted a copy of the original image with no ICC profile as a 'mod'.

This captures the feeling of desolation on the mountain top but, as remarked above, it's rather dark and the composition lacks a real focal point. In a way, the lack of a focal point is appropriate to the subject but, for example, a lonely figure in the otherwise empty environment is always going to evoke more reaction from the viewer.

To fix the darkness, you need a fairly big curves lift. Snow is white but the great majority of the image (more than 95% of the pixels) is darker than the grey bands at the side of this page.

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Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2011 - 12:44 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I can live with the darkness, and others have suggested fixes for that.

There's mention also of the lack of focal point in the comp. I'll just take that a bit further. It seems to me from the subject matter that the main items of interest apart from the rocks are the posts, and that these are part of a long line which starts behind the photographer and ends away in the front distance.. The way you have it here, there are a bunch of posts on the left which along with the large boulders bottom left draw the eye in nicely to the pic....but then that particular line of posts ends up in one (perspective-wise) big one that draws the eye straight out of the picture before it's even had a chance to look at the right-hand two thirds.

if you can get over this interruption, the middle vertical third features another quite pleasing line of posts which meander on through the image.

The right hand third really contains nothing, though, of interest.

Can you see where I'm going now?..there was probably some composition there, with a bit of walking around, which could have made a line of rocks and posts draw the eye in bottom left and wander through the picture and eventually settle somewhere in the top right third. I appreciate it was freezing, windy, and you didn't want to stick around too long, but a few more seconds considering the journey of the eye through the frame might have paid off..

i hope you can make some sense of this, and hopefully get something useful out of it. Kudos to you for being there in the first place Smile

Stephen

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benlee  446 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2011 - 3:27 AM

Hi All,

Thanks for all the feedback - not sure why there was a problem with creating a mod. Shame as I would have liked to have seen what you guys could have done.

I will agree that I think the photo is missing something - think that is why I uploaded it to see this is what other people thought. I like the photo but it doesn't have as much umph as I thought it would do.

Stephen - I actually have another photo that I took about 5 yards to my right. I'll upload it to provide comparison.

I think the biggest problem I had when looking at this was the post, which as you've eloquently put it Stephen leads the eye out the photo before it's really got anywhere. I like the mod thats edited just the top - think I'll go do that now to my photo.

Thanks again for all you feedback - very useful!

Cheers,

Ben

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benlee  446 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2011 - 2:35 AM

Huh, not sure how I've done that then. Appologies about creating a file wherethe ICC profie is invalid.

Yeah, the poles have been the major sticking point in this photo. Perhaps you can journey over to my latest photo - it's one taken a couple meters to the right. Think it has a better composition.

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